Pat Metheny's Finger Routes: the role of muscle memory in guitar Improvisation

Dean, J. (2014) Pat Metheny's Finger Routes: the role of muscle memory in guitar Improvisation. Jazz Perspectives, 8 (1). pp. 45-71. ISSN 1749-4060.

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Abstract

Based on transcriptions taken from footage of Pat Metheny's live performances, this analysis examines a selection of Metheny's guitar solos in order to investigate the relationship that exists between improvisation and instrumental technique, with a particular focus on left-hand (the fretting hand) muscle memory. Through the examination of four solos it is hoped that stylistic features of Metheny's playing will be discovered in terms of demonstrating some of his unique vocabulary, but primarily the analysis aims to go beyond simply presenting licks, and to begin to demonstrate the way in which Metheny navigates his instrument whilst improvising, and to show how the mechanical movements impact on the musical ideas and the construction of the improvisations themselves.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study > MT0170 Instrumental techniques
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study > MT0170 Instrumental techniques > MT0259 Stringed instruments. Bowed string instruments
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study > MT0068 Improvisation. Accompaniment. Transposition
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study > MT0090 Analysis and appreciation of musical works
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Music and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Mr James Dean
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 10:38
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 10:38
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15012

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